WILDCATS DROP TIGHT ONE IN LA
Molly Chisholm scored a try and helped keep the Wildcats in a close match against the Bruins. (Photo credits: Sarah Layne)
January 24- Arizona returned to the pitch for the first time since the winter break looking to build off of a strong preseason under second-year coach Tatum Quimby. Facing a strong UCLA side in a rainy Los Angeles conditions, the Wildcats showed the fight that has the team, alumni, and fans excited for the present and future.
In the first half, the Wildcats were able to control territory and possession, with Sylvia Bruzga opening the scoring and Molly Chisholm converting. Bruzga and Chisholm have developed a strong partnership in the centers, one that Quimby is looking to build around as she builds the squad. Veterans such as Talia Ben-Yosef combine with those centers and a dynamic group of forwards, giving fans a glimpse into the future of the program.
A late score from Chisholm cut the lead to 17-12 but it was not enough as the Wildcats fell on the road to drop their record to 2-2 on the season. But there is much to be excited about in Tucson, as coach Quimby points to. "The forwards were a force to be reckoned with and our powerful center duo of Sylvia and Molly worked well together. It was a close match and the team fought hard until the final whistle. I'm very proud of the game we played this weekend" said Quimby.
"We have really cleaned up our attacking structure and I'm excited to use it against a strong opponent" said Ben-Yosef. "On defense, we have great strong tacklers across the field and I know there are going to be some hard hits."
The Wildcats now return home to take on Grand Canyon in a rematch of a Fall contest that went the way of the Wildcats. For the Wildcats full schedule click here.
SCORING vs UCLA
Arizona 12-17 UCLA
Tries: Sylvia Bruzga, Chisholm
Conversions: Chisholm 1-1, Ben-Yosef- 0/1